First victim of Tennessee wildfires identified

Death toll in Tennessee fires rises to seven

GATLINBURG - Family members have confirmed that 70-year-old Alice Hagler is one of the seven people that died in the Sevier County fires this week.
 
 
Hagler’s son, James Wood, confirmed that he was notified by authorities of her death Wednesday night.
 
Hagler was last heard from on Monday when she was on the phone with one of her sons around 8:30 p.m. and the phone disconnected.
 
"My mother called me frantically that the house was on fire, yelling that the house was on fire, and I told her to get out of the house," Wood said.
 

 
 
Wood said he was working when he received the phone call. He lived with his mother in the Chalet Village area on Piney Butt Loop in Gatlinburg. She was discovered in their burned down cabin.
 
"I made my best to get to her," Wood said. "The fires were absolutely, entirely impossible to get through up on Wiley Oakley Road. I did make it to the road, but two miles up I couldn't make it any further."
 
Wood said his mother had two hip replacements and did not move around very well.
 
10News has received messages from friends concerned about her whereabouts since Tuesday, and had listed Hagler among those missing after the fires.
 
 

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